Online Short Course: Leadership Program

Offered in partnership with GetSmarter/2U

About This Program

Effective leaders can adapt to various situations and challenges facing an organization. Whether your team is new or established, transitioning through change, or under pressure to perform, selecting the correct leadership approach is essential to success.

Key Facts

Duration: 8 weeks (excluding orientation)
Commitment: 7 to 10 hours per week
Fee: $1,500

Presented by UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) in collaboration withGetSmarter, this Leadership Program has been designed to give you the frameworks to do this. Guided by a Situational Theory of Leadership, this program offers an experiential learning process whereby you’ll get the opportunity to lead a fictional team through several different scenarios while assessing your role within that environment.

The curriculum focuses on three key areas: the self as a leader, leadership as a relationship with your team, and the environment in which teams are situated. Through these lenses, you’ll develop practical strategies to build trust, lead through times of change and uncertainty, and motivate your team to reach their goals. 

Learn from leading experts in their fields as you study at one of the top public universities in the United States while growing your confidence and influence.

Why We’ve Partnered With GetSmarter

UC Davis Graduate School of Management is working with digital education experts GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, to make their Leadership Program accessible online. This partnership combines UC Davis’s 100-plus years of educational history and internationally ranked management school faculty with GetSmarter’s human-centered online education platform. 

Find Out More

GetSmarter's online learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. This program is broken up into weekly modules with incremental deadlines created to allow you to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week, you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes, and assignments needed for completion. You’ll also have access to a Success Adviser who’ll help you set goals, track key milestones, and manage your time.

If you’re interested in developing your leadership skills, follow the link below to find out more about the course, register, or speak to an Enrollment Advisor who can help guide your decision.


Professor Kimberly Elsbach
Professor Emeritus, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

An internationally recognized expert in organizational behavior, Elsbach’s research focuses on the perception and management of individual and organizational images, identities, and reputations. She was named the first recipient of the prestigious Stephan G. Newberry Endowed Chair from UC Davis in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. 

Guest Speakers

Robert Lorber
President, Lorber Kamai Consulting Group

Keisha Liggett-Nichols 
Chief of Staff at UC Davis Global Affairs

Paul Bianchi
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, UC Davis

Cyrus Aram
Executive Consultant and Lecturer, UC Davis

Joe DiNunzio
Executive Director, UC Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship